Michael Dowden

September 14, 1955August 23, 2018
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Michael Wayne Dowden, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, passed away on August 23, 2018 at the age of 62. Preceding him in death were his parents, Clarence Dowden and Merle Dowden Robertson. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Jan; mother-in-law Millie Parker; daughter Lacey and her husband Keith Buford; son Cody Dowden and his wife Eve; three adoring granddaughters, Sadie, Clara, and Lila; and brothers, Eddie and wife Kathy, and Kenny and wife Nancy. He is also survived by additional nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended family and friends.

Mike was born September 14, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas. After landing in Conroe, he attended Conroe High School where he met the love of his life and quickly moved in for the kill. He married her, immediately went to a rodeo, then proceeded to build a family who would roll their eyes at his jokes and love him like there was no tomorrow. He enjoyed golfing and playing poker, and lost as many golf balls as he did poker chips. He once told his wife his dream was to live long enough to dance with each of his granddaughters at their weddings. Though he wasn’t able to make that dream come true, his hard work and dedication as a father are what helped his family make so many of their dreams come true. He will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors. A celebration of life will take place on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors. .


  • Visitation Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Bo Whitener

August 29, 2018

My heart aches at having to put these words on a website, when all I want so desperately is to see my friend again. I long to ring his doorbell on a surprise visit so that I may witness him light up, as he always did, at seeing a welcomed guest. I wish life hadn’t become so hectic as to get in the way of seeing him. But no matter where I go, just as I always have, I will carry a piece of Mike with me. I will remember his laugh, his charm, his sharp wit, his compassion and so much more...
I’m gonna miss you Old Man, I’m gonna miss the hell out of you!

Lacey Buford

August 27, 2018

I'm honestly still in shock that all this has happened. There are so many things I could say about you Dad but I feel the most important is how you loved your family so much. You had such an impact on my daughters lives and taught them more than I ever realized. You helped us out even when you were sick and not feeling well, and always let them know how much they meant to you. I'll forever be grateful for what you instilled upon them and will keep your memory alive forever.

You were quirky, told bad jokes, and couldn't type more than one or two word answers to texts (which were always spelled in Mike lingo that most people couldn't make out). I now find myself aching for one more bad joke and one word texts to try and decipher. It saddens me you never got to do the things you wanted to with us the past couple of years due to your disease, but I know you're no longer suffering from the pain and that is comforting.

Thank you for being my Dad, the girls Pawpaw, and the best husband to Mom. We will make sure she is well taken care of now.

Rest In Peace and kiss Granny and my Pawpaw for me.

Ed LeVay

August 27, 2018

Hard to realize he is gone. Mike was a perfect grandpa to the girls, as well as a great guy to be around. I know he will be missed, but man what memories he created. Our sincere prayers for your family.

Keith Buford

August 26, 2018

We met over 11 years ago when I first started dating Lacey. You told me "You didn't know what I selling .... but you weren't buying". From that low start we became the best of friends because of our common cause of surviving all of the women in this family. We have had laughs, tears and some of the best deepest conversations about what it really means to be a man.

In the end, the measure of real man, is how he loves his family and friends. Although I will miss you daily and battle my anger that you were taken way too early, I was truly blessed to have you as a father in law, a friend and someone that in over 11 years NEVER told me no when I asked for help, time or advice. I hope that one day when my day comes, that I will have had a similar impact on the people I love. Thank you for the greatest gift of my life, Lacey. And thank you for being a shining example of what a man, father, grandfather, husband friend should really be. Love ya, Big Mike and see you on the other side.


August 26, 2018

I met Jan when we were in high school and couldn't help but meet Michael, he was always at her side and stayed there until God took him. They both quickly became my friend. Mike was one of the best men I have ever known. He loved his family his friends and God. I never had a doubt in my mind that if I ever needed him for anything he would drop what he was doing and help. I've heard him greet his friends with "hello my brother from another Mother" and when he said that he truly thought of you as a brother. I will miss you Michael, I'll miss the birthday songs the hugs and song each time we saw each other. You were a loved man by many. Give my Mom a hug for me and I'll see you again some day

Gary Fletcher

August 26, 2018

I met Mike Dowden in the late nineties through his son, Cody. In 2000, I was recovering from multiple surgeries following an industrial accident. Mike and Cody would stop by to visit me from time to time. By Christmas that year, I was still unable to travel, so I had decided to stay at home, alone. Well this was just something these guys would not stand for. They came and picked me up and took me back home for Christmas. I was welcomed by Jan and Lacey; they all shared their Christmas with me, a stranger. I have had seventeen Christmas’s since then, not one has past without thinking about the kindness and warm-hearted hospitality I was shown that day.

I love all you Dowdens. May God’s peace and love be with you.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory on one can steal.”

Jan Dowden

August 26, 2018


You were the love of my life for 46 years, 43 of which I was blessed to be your wife. The heartache that I feel in losing you is almost unbearable. Even though we had so much more we wanted to do, we were so very blessed with what we had; two wonderful children with mates we consider as our own children, and three beautiful granddaughters. You will always be with us in our hearts, and I promise you those babies will always know the absolute undying love you had for them. You will live in my heart forever until we are together again.

Your loving wife,

Mike Sutton

August 26, 2018

Jan and family
So sorry for your loss it’s been a lot of years ago but I am proud to say Mike was a great friend. Never knew someone like him who always enjoyed life we always laughed and had fun I wish I could have been around more . God bless y’all and my thoughts and prayers are with y’all. One word could describe Mike would be a real honest and family man

Eve Dowden

August 25, 2018

He believed in me and loved me like his own. It’s hard to believe he’s gone. I’m so grateful for the time I got to spend with him, for the memories he created with my daughter, and for the love and wisdom he shared with my husband, his son, throughout the years. I feel like he was taken too soon, but I know he’s with the Lord now and that I’ll see him again in Heaven.

I love you, Dad, and I’ll miss you.

Cody Dowden

August 25, 2018

There are no adequate words to share the pain I feel at the loss of my best friend and father. His life was one spent loving his family and walking on water to his granddaughters. His life was cut short by a disease that often left him in pain and unable to socialize, and I am resentful for it. I thank God for the good memories and fun times we shared when he was here, and I look forward to one day being reunited with him again.